We partnered with the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship & Immigration, the Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks (CCLB), and the Toronto Catholic District School Board to design and build an app that would help language instructors across Ontario plan their lessons while following provincial standards.

Over the past four years, we have meticulously designed, built, and managed Quartz to be the go-to planning tool for Ontario ESL and FSL instructors.

After determining that off-the-shelf learning management tools wouldn't fit the vision of our partners, Soshal proposed a custom solution, built with a user-centric approach. Quartz is the official tool used by ESL and FSL instructors in Ontario to help them simplify the integration of, and compliance with, the Canadian Language Benchmarks as well as the Portfolio-Based Language Assessment within their everyday planning process.

UX Design

Soshal worked closely with the project partners and end-users to understand the needs and challenges of second-language instructors and used this understanding to create an intuitive time saving tool for an otherwise arduous process. Strategically-placed tips, resources, and tools help the instructors as they work on their plans, giving them access to a wealth of knowledge and best practices. Quartz was designed to stand out against the typical arsenal of government-issue applications, through use of modern web application design and user experience standards.

The Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) is a core reference for English and French teachers. For the first time ever, Soshal implemented the CLB in a digital, searchable version that presents profiles of ability, CLB competencies, features of communication and exemplars that teachers can browse by skill and level.

Soshal is now in the process of building out version 2 of the product, with the goal of being ready to scale to a national level in 2018.


  • User Research
  • Persona Development
  • User Journey Mapping​
  • Product Strategy
  • Visual Design
  • User Experience
  • User Interface
  • Web Development